Cortland Repertory Theater is set to open its new downtown theater in the heart of Cortland tonight. The theater is celebrating with a sold out show featuring Buddy Holly cover band the Rave-ons.
After just over 5 years, CRT has turned what some may have thought was an impossible dream into a reality. The small theater company and supporters have transformed a dilapidated bowling alley on Port Watson Street into a showpiece that will attract visitors to downtown and Cortland County.
CRT Manging Director Kerby Thompson says the over $2 million dollar project has been a challenge, but the effort has been worth it. Thompson says patience is a virtue and this project has required stamina and patience.
The new building houses CRTS box office, scenery shop, dressing rooms, and a versatile theatre space.
The facility does feature a catering kitchen which makes it ideal for hosting events such as weddings, but Thompson says CRT will not host dinner’s at their show’s there as he wants patrons to take advantage of the number of restaurants in Cortland’s downtown.
CRT will continue to utilize the pavilion theater in Little York which has been the theater companies summer home for the past 44 years.
Thompson is hopeful bringing arts to downtown will help revitalize the are and help to promote the community.
In the fall, CRT will begin hosting its youth programs and will prepare for a winter schedule of smaller shows in the new space.
For information on CRT’s summer line-up of shows log on at cortlandrep.org.